Resources on schooling and the state of education

Headlines in the news on children’s education, academic performance, and U.S. public education and teaching techniques.

From The Atlantic:
When Success Leads to Failure
The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning.
“Above all else, we taught her to fear failure. That fear is what has destroyed her love of learning.”

From Pacific Standard:
Read—Don’t Just Talk—to Your Kids
A new study finds children hear more unique words when adults read to them than in ordinary conversation.
NATHAN COLLINS AUG 7, 2015
It’s no big surprise that young children first learn language by listening to adults talk to them. Nor is it a surprise that reading aloud to kids is important to their success, both in school and work. What might be a bit more surprising: Picture books have, on average, around 70 percent more unique words than conversations directed at kids, according to a new study, suggesting that reading to kids could help improve their vocabularies.

From NPR:
How schools are handling an over-parenting crisis

From CNN:
Kids have three times too much homework, study finds; what’s the cost?
By Kelly Wallace, CNN
Nothing quite stresses out students and parents about the beginning of the school year as the return to homework, which for many households means nightly battles centered around completing after-school assignments.
A new study, published Wednesday in The American Journal of Family Therapy, found students in the early elementary school years are getting significantly more homework than is recommended by education leaders, in some cases nearly three times as much homework as is recommended.

From TIME:
In Praise of the Ordinary Child
Jeffrey Kluger @jeffreykluger July 23, 2015
It’s time to rethink what it means to be exceptional—and whether being No. 1 is worth pursuing at all. If you’ve got kids, here’s a nasty truth: they’re probably not very special—as in, they’re ordinary, average, unremarkable. Consider the numbers…

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